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Major Cotterell at Arnhem
Major Cotterell at Arnhem

Major Cotterell at Arnhem

A War Crime and a Mystery


192 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: EPUB, Mobipocket

EPUB, $2.99 (US $2.99) (CA $17.99)

Publication Date: January 2012

ISBN 9780752481388

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Jan 2012)


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Conscripted into the British Army in 1940, talented journalist Anthony Cotterell was never going to be a natural soldier. Seeing that his abilities lay elsewhere, his superiors let him do what he did bestâ€â€Âwrite. Within a few years, he was one of the Army’s top journalists, covering landmark engagements such as the D-Day landings, and became well-known in both civilian and military circles. He was then ordered to take part in the parachute drop at Arnhem in September 1944 as part of Operation Market Garden; he would never come home. Taken prisoner after the battle, on September 23, Major Cotterell was one of a group of British officers wounded when SS guards opened fire on the unarmed men. He then vanished without trace. In Major Cotterell at Arnhem, Jennie Gray tells the story of Cotterell’s mysterious disappearance, the SS war crime and the subsequent three-year search mounted by the War Crimes and Search Bureau, the British War Crimes Group, the Netherlands War Crime Commission and by his brother, Geoffrey Cotterell. Complemented by Cotterell’s own writings, official War Crime Group documentation and the daily letters written by Geoffreyâ€â€Âan author himself and with whose cooperation this book was writtenâ€â€Âit is a fascinating and poignant story of one man lost in the tumult of war.

Author Biography

Jennie Gray is a researcher and writer. She is the author of Fire By Night, The Dramatic Story of One Pathfinder Crew and Black Thursday, 16/17 December 1943 and runs websites on the RAF, the Pathfinders, 97 Squadron and Anthony Cotterell. She studied history at the University of Exeter. She lives in Devon.